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Handy (Jam) OrganizationHere's Looking (1939)

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Visual perception in animals, humans, and from the driver's seat of a Chevrolet.


This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: Chevrolet Motor Company
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Perception: Vision; Natural history; Automobiles: Engineering

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Average Rating: 3.88 out of 5 stars3.88 out of 5 stars3.88 out of 5 stars3.88 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Victor Von Psychotron - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 13, 2013
Subject: I love the opening.
The overacted opening scene with the fishermen is alone worth the download.

Reviewer: JayKay49 - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - December 15, 2011
Subject: Fedoras
It dawned on me that the fedora was to the mid 20th century what the baseball cap is to the late 20th - early 21st century.

Reviewer: nighthouse66 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 6, 2011
Subject: Jammed-Up Handy Weirdness
Not having actually listened to this film gives it a whole new lack of meaning. Download it, and turn the volume down, and you have yourself a variety of confusing and strangely juxtaposed images that will leave you oddly satisfied and amused. There are tarsier monkeys (gawwww) that bring up dark questions of animal experimentation. There is some weirdness with a car, that is by turns driven by a chauffeur and then filled with a gaggle of fedora'd men with a movie camera. Its all very obtuse and probably would make all the sense in the world if i just bothered to turn the volume up. But its really better this way. And thank god for it.

Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 1, 2009
Subject: BEST FILM EVER
I LOVE THIS FILM SO MUCH. THANKS RICK.

Reviewer: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 27, 2008
Subject: I Love It, Thank You Rick!!
I love this film because it's old. Old films are awesome.

Reviewer: Robin_1990 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 22, 2008
Subject: Fun and VERY Underrated
I love this short, since it's got great footage of the time. More Jam Handy Please!

Reviewer: ERD - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - June 14, 2007
Subject: "Here's Looking" a 1939 movie infomercial
Jim Handy used animals' vision in the first part if the film to get the audience interested and then uses it as a transition to show improvements in the 1939 automobile's windows. What do you expect from a movie infomercial?

Reviewer: Spuzz - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - July 22, 2003
Subject: Eyes of Jem Handy
The never ending absurdity of Jam Handy comparing the most ridiculous things to automobiles is continued here as we are treated to some observations about animals and how they see. We get explanations of how Water Hawks, fish and, apparantly making it's motion picture debut, the quite ugly Tarsius. As I was watching this, since I'm used to this sort of thing, I wondered "when are they going to bring the cars into this?" and sure enough, shortly after, the narrator explains that this can be tied in by the way we see out of cars (mmkay, I'll buy that). We then see improvements in window technology and what would happen if we had a 'fish eye' view and driving. This is all supposed to mean something. Let me know if you can tell me.

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"SHOWS HOW MODERN CAR TAKES ADVANTAGE OF MAN'S SEEING MECHANISM, REDUCING BLIND SPOTS OF STRUCTURE & GIVING HIM FLAWLESS GLASS TO SEE THRU. FISH, BIRDS & ANIMALS ARE PROTECTED BY GOOD SEEING MECHANISMS. TARSIUS SPECTRUM SHOWN FOR FIRST TIME ON FILM."

Two men in a fishing boat start discussing the eyesight of a hawk and a fish. Scientists in a lab are also concerned with the eyesight of various animals in comparison to human eyesight, such as the tarsier and hawk, and are shown using a type of microscope to examine the eyesight of a guinea pig. Scientists set up a camera with different lenses in an automobile to allow the left eye vision and the right eye vision to eliminate completely the center post of the vehicle from the driver's line of view. Secondly, they simulate the eyesight of a tarsier and a fish in the driver's seat which enables them to demonstrate the 360 degree visibility of the Chevrolet.

Two men fishing in a row boat, one man standing and smoking a pipe
A hawk flying
Man holding a trout in his hand
Close-up of a trout being held, gasping for air
Close-up of the eye of a hawk
Close-up of a guinea pig
Scientists in lab coats looking at a guinea pig with seeing instrument
Sign, "SPECTRAL TARSIER, TARSIUS SPECTRUM"
A scientist removing a tarsier from a cage, placing it on a small tree
Close-up of the tarsier being held in one hand
Close-up of human eyes (woman's eyes)
Woman getting an eye test with machinery
Woman typing while two scientists look on
Shot of wind vent of automobile
Animation from above a car on the road
The elimination of the corner post of an automobile
Close-up of the eyes of a tarsier



CHEVROLET AUTOMOBILES ADVERTISING TRANSPORTATION SIGHT SEEING EYES SENSES VISION VISUAL PERCEPTION BLIND SPOTS GLASS TRANSPARENCY FISH BIRDS ANIMALS DOCTORS PHYSICIANS FISHERMEN FISHING SPECTRAL TARSIER TARSIUS SPECTRUM MUSCLE SCIENCE PHYSIOLOGY BIOLOGY Chevrolet Motor Company (sponsor) Automobiles Vision Perception Eyes Senses Tarsus spectrum Spectral tarsus Primates
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